Another First for Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay boasts its first Brick-paving intersection
In the picture: the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Municipality of Walvis Bay, Frans Gonteb, The Managing Director of Walvis Bay Salt, Andre Snyman, Walvis Bay Mayor, Trevino Forbes, Robert Schaaf from WML (Coast) Consulting Engineering, the representative of K Neumaier Construction, David Olivier, and Frans Nghifiua, Engineer at Roads and Building Control at the Municipality of Walvis Bay.
The blacktop surface of the intersection between Nangol Mbumba Drive and 5th Road in Walvis Bay has been replaced by heavy-duty brick paving. This is to minimise the impact of salt trucks and other heavy vehicles on the road surface of this particular intersection.
A total of 55 000 brick pavers were used to complete the job.
Walvis Bay Salt, announced last year that it would fund the project, as it recognises the impact salt trucks have on the street surface on this intersection. Salt is hauled daily from the salt pans to the port of Walvis Bay, using Kovambo Nujoma Avenue and then 5th Road that leads to the port’s south gate.
The project was completed recently in conjunction with the municipality of Walvis Bay, WML (Coast) Consulting Engineers and K Neumaier Construction.
With salt production output increasing, approximately 1 million tons of salt could be hauled between the salt pans and the port of Walvis Bay in the foreseeable future.
Walvis Bay Salt Refiners is constantly looking at innovations to minimise the impact of its salt transport operations on Walvis Bay’s street infrastructure.
The Managing Director of Walvis Bay Salt, Mr André Snyman said that the Walvis Bay Salt is proud to be associated with the upgrading of the intersection.
At a small ceremony recently to mark the completion of the project, the Managing Director of Walvis Bay Salt, Mr André Snyman, said a number of new hi-tech salt hauling trucks would be introduced in the near future.
This new generation “smart trucks” are twenty-seven metres long and has the carrying capacity to reduce the number of daily trips between the salt pans and the port of Walvis Bay by almost half. The vehicles have a wider turning circle and would reduce the impact on any road surface. The trucks will also generate less noise, and less greenhouse gas emissions.
Snyman further reassured Walvis Bay residents that Walvis Bay Salt will continue to look at solutions to reduce the impact bulk salt hauling has on certain segments of Walvis Bay’s public infrastructure. “We will not hesitate to embrace new concepts and new technology as it develops. Bear with us”, concluded Snyman.
The General Manager of Roads and Building Control at the Municipality of Walvis Bay, Mr André Burger, explained the brick paving surface would better protect the road surface from deforming under the wheels of heavy vehicles. It has a better resistance against the torque of vehicle- and truck wheels.
The newly elected mayor of Walvis Bay, Cllr Trevino Forbes, also attended the ceremony and expressed his satisfaction with the initiative taken by Walvis Bay Salt Holdings to invest in protecting the harbour town’s public infrastructure. Cllr Forbes encouraged the private sector to engage in more such public-private initiatives with the municipality of Walvis Bay.
“I believe the rate of development of any town plays an important role in the country’s overall stability and growth”, the mayor said.
Cllr. Forbes assured residents that the newly elected town council of Walvis Bay is committed to improve Walvis Bay’s infrastructure, including much needed housing.